5 Back To School Tips For Parents 

Another summer has come and gone as the start of another school year commences. We know the first couple weeks of school can be loathsome, so here are 5 tips for making the transition to school from summer easier for both you and your child.

  1. If your child is anxious about their first day back, point out the positive aspects of starting school. They’ll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh their positive memories about previous years, when they may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because they had a good time.
  2. Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy. Try upgrading your child’s breakfast with something nutritious and see difference it makes!
  3. If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load.
  4. Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
  5. Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents is in the range of 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night.

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We Do Fence Repairs Too!

Accidentally backed your car into the fence? Did someone climb it and break a board? Maybe a storm came through and toppled a tree over a portion of your beautiful fence. Accidents happen. We can't help that. What you can do is make sure to take care of the repairs in the best way possible.

At William's Fence we've been repairing and building fences for over 50 years. If something happened to your fence, it's important to repair it correctly, while restoring it to it's former strength and durability. Rest assured that we have the skills and knowledge necessary to make that happen

No matter what's happened to your fence, even if its on it's last legs, it may still be salvageable. Give us a call at 863.688.1194 and we'll set up an estimator appointment to help get your fence looking new again.



Make Sure You Get The Most Out Of Your Fence 

The key to getting the most value out of your fence is in the planning. If you don't plan accordingly, your fence may leave you feeling underwhelmed. Follow these steps for planning for the perfect fence: 

Contact Your Home Owner's Association

You need to verify what your local HOA's restrictions are on fences. The last thing you need is to have a fence built only to then find out it violates your local restrictions. These restrictions may affect anything to do with your fence, such as: height, locations, style, material, etc. Find out what the restrictions are, and build your fence around them.

It's also important to note that if there are restrictions that prohibit you from having the fence you want constructed, you may be able to apply for a variance. A variance is a request to construct a new type of structure outside of the normal building guidelines.

Figure Out Why You Need The Fence

What function will your fence serve? Is it to keep animals in your yard? Is it to provide privacy to your home? Are you trying to increase safety around your pool. Is it simply meant to add to the aesthetic appeal of your home?

Select the Type of Fence

Your fence should be built because it is solving a problem for you. If you know why you need your fence, you should then easily be able to determine what type of fence you need. A privacy fence, a small fence, a decorative fence, etc.

Choose Your Fence's Material

Your fence's material should compliment the type. If you need a privacy fence, your best options will be long wood, or PVC panels. If you need to keep your dog in the yard, a chain link fence will do. It's also ok to combined fence types based off of the material. For instance, your privacy fence can still have pickets on top if it is constructed out of wood.

Sketch Your Fence

Make sure the location of your fence makes sense. Sketch it out on paper. Include the location of your home, trees, or anything other landscape that will be near the fence.

Double Check Property Lines

Consult with your neighbor and determine where your property lines are. You don't want to construct a fence only to find out its not on your property.

Building Permits

If required by local ordinance, apply for a building permit.

Contact your Local Fence Building Professionals

Fence builders should go over these steps with you when determining how to build your fence. It doesn't hurt to have already gone through this process before consulting with them. This will make the process move a long smoothly and efficiently.

If you are thinking about having a fence constructed, don't hesitate to contact us at: 863.688.1194


Don’t forget to check your wood fence this summer!

Just because your wood fence looks good in the sun, doesn’t mean it’s in tip top shape! Here’s a tip on maintaining your fence this summer (original article from

Look at the entire fencing and also the end cuts. For split-rail fencing, pay particular attention to the post tops since these collect water and have a tendency to begin to soften, and deteriorate. These areas can be treated to help prolong the fence life. But you will have to determine whether staining or painting is necessary for appearance and function. Some additional preparation might be called for, such as sanding by mechanical means.

If you need help with general maintenance on your fence this summer, give us a call at 863.688.1194.


Top Ten – What’s Gone on the Last 50 Years

Williams Fence has been a part of Lakeland, Florida for over 50 years now. To put that into perspective, we thought it would be fun to make a list of ten important events in history that have taken place since we opened our doors in 1959.

  1. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1963)
  2. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (1963)
  3. Neil Armstong’s first steps on the moon (1969)
  4. The Watergate Scandal (1972-1974)
  5. Last U.S. troops leave Vietnam (1973)
  6. The royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (1981)
  7. The fall of the Berlin Wall (1989)
  8. The launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (1990)
  9. Jimmy Carson’s farewell episode (1992)
  10. The inauguration of Barack Obama, the first black president of the U.S. (2009)

To find out about more interesting events that have taken place over the last 50 plus years that we have been in business, click here.